Keeping the Light on
    Sometimes when you’re all set to zig, life forces you to zag. Finding the means to do that and help other people along the way is no small accomplishment. PRUMC members and married couple Michele Howard and Bob Brinson had already made major professional changes to start Gourmet Innovations, a food service business, before they joined the church years ago. Add an ongoing internal tug to “give back more,” a perspective-changing Disciple class, a world pandemic that brought their business to a halt, and a team of employees still looking to them for a lifeline, and the result has been a variety of new initiatives that have reshaped their business model and provided new support for local and global outreach at PRUMC.
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    Where We All Go From Here
    The election is over, but our struggle with the results is just beginning. How do we go forward? What is our responsibility to one another, to take a step, to rebuild civility? In a first-person account, Tamara Witt, who is a PRUMC member and staff member in the Music Department – and who writes to make sense of the world – provides a story from her family.
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    Finding a Way to Pay Tribute
      How do you try to atone in a situation where atonement can’t truly be made? After years of asking himself that question, PRUMC member Jeff Upshaw decided to tell a story. And that story, which also dramatizes some of the painful history at the core of our racial conversations today, became a book he recently published. In September we spoke with him about his novel, Twelve Days in Sunset, and the events in his life that compelled him to tell the story.
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      On Writing, Remembering and Almond Tossing
        A major life loss, a new start and the pandemic shutdown compelled Bob Brandon to do something he’d only thought about for years: write a memoir focused on his career spent building major brand images, specifically his work at Anheuser-Busch and The Coca-Cola Company. The result, Effervescence, provides a peek inside the development of memorable promotions for both iconic companies, including the expansion of the national appearance program for the famous Clydesdales and the creation of Coca-Cola’s nostalgic Christmas ornament and bottle-top promotions. Bob, who originally studied to be an artist, also created the cover art for the book.
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        PRUMC’s Oliver Brett
          When I am not working at PRUMC or engaging in some kind of musical activity, I spend a large amount of my time training for and running long distance races. To date, I have completed nearly ten road marathons and over 5 ultramarathons – an ultramarathon is any distance longer than the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
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          Respite Care Atlanta Parade
            “On July 2nd a Patriotic parade was held in the parking lot of Second Ponce de Leon Church. Eleven of our families participated. They arrived with their cars decorated and driven by the caretakers. Volunteers dressed as Uncle Sam, Betsy Ross, Statue of Liberty and other patriotic figures. Patriotic music was played! Over 30 volunteers participated. It was a huge success.” -RCA Volunteer
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            Raising Their Light Through Song
            In the midst of this time of physical distancing, PRUMC staff singers continue to bless us each week through song. Their voices help to enrich our sacred space, glorify God, and bring us together as we worship online. Two of our talented singers, Lucas Gray and Mary Allison Hamby recently shared a bit about their passion and perspective on what it’s like to join PRUMC each Sunday during this unique time.
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